Preface

Simon D. Levy and Ross Gayler

This symposium brings together connectionist and nonconnectionist researchers to discuss and debate a topic ocentral concern in AI and cognitive science: the nature ocompositionality. The open-ended productivity of thehuman capabilities aspired to by AI (e.g., perception, cognition, and language) is generally taken to be a consequence of compositionality (the ability to recursivelycombine constituents). Given that these capabilities areimplemented by real neural networks in the brain, it isimportant to understand feasible connectionist implementations of compositionality. The aim of this symposium is to expose connectionist researchers to the broadest possible range of conceptions of composition whilesimultaneously alerting other researchers to the range opossibilities for connectionist implementation of composition.


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